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11-07-2010 @ 8:45PM
"Hey, if you're not taking direct damage but someone else is, and you just need a little topping off, please try to click the Lightwell. I'm having trouble with mana, and it will spare me some mana if you use the Lightwell." For added flavor: "or else you will be Life Gripped into the nastiest patch of goo/fire/slime/fog/lava (same as fire?) I can find!"Great article, I'm really looking forward to healing those Heroics everyone's talking about!! (*Still* no beta invite. *Still.*) A few questions:I thought I had read that Smiting for Archangel turned out to be a mana loss. I believe it was nerfed from 3% mana to 1% mana return per stack? I'm not sure, I've been slacking on reading the beta changes. Would using Hymn of Hope before popping Archangel make it worth it?I'm sorry to hear that the 10% mana reduction to PoH doesn't make it awesome-sauce. It seems to be contributing a lot to the healing of Holy Priests in the logs I've seen from raid testing.Also, I wonder what the reasoning was behind the Atonement nerf. I don't remember hearing that it was overpowered at all. And lastly, what do you think of the Priest tier 11? I really like it! (There are fountains on the shoulders!)
11-07-2010 @ 8:57PM
Yeah... speaking of LIfegrip, I need to write more about it next week...Archangel gives the best returns when you use 4-5 stacks of evangelism. I'll make a chart a week or two after Cataclysm comes out that gives the exact numbers of costs and returns. Miss Medicina covered it a while back but I wasn't going to make one here until the values were finalized. You can read her findings here: http://missmedicina.blogspot.com/2010/09/cataclysm-evangelism-archangel-algebra_18.htmlPoH's mana cost reduction did help it, but there just isn't a huge need for it in 5-man heroics at the moment. In 10- and 25-man content though, it's definitely getting use. We'll talk more about that in a week or two.Like Sakkula says above, it might not have been nerfed, just got a tooltip revision. I'm looking into it. But honestly? Atonement is super OP. Casting Smite is JUST like casting a full heal, and it stacks up Evangelism. You can basically use Archangel every time it's off CD and you'll never have to worry about mana at all. This means there is no decision making for disc, your Smite just auto heals the lowest health target in melee range which only rarely isn't the target you wanna heal. The only reason to cast heal is if you want to reduce the duration of Weakened Soul, but that's pretty situational (like green boss in Halls of Origination I'll try to get extra shields out - if this doesn't make sense don't worry about it now. I'll explain later.)
11-08-2010 @ 2:56AM
Oh, who are you kidding? They're already in the nastiest bit of huge firewalls and void zones! :P
11-08-2010 @ 12:58PM
Dawn.... Miss Medicines calculation is still using the 3% per stack mana return, not the current 1%. With some luck we will see the final amount around 2% come live.
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